Facebook Murder Plot

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Bad social media behavior prompted an Alabama woman to create a fake Facebook account to monitor a niece that lived with her, 19-year-old Marissa Williams. AL.com reports that according to court documents, Williams’ aunt had asked her to stop inviting men she met online over to her home, which led to Williams blocking her aunt on Facebook.

Marissa Williams' booking photo from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Williams’ aunt then created an account for a fictional man she named “Tre ‘Topdog’ Ellis” and added Williams as a friend, hoping to regain the ability to surveil her niece. AL.com reports she hoped to use the moment as a lesson about online dangers, but what reportedly happened would have involved brutal violence in her own home.

Williams was charged on Tuesday for solicitation of murder. She’s accused of unwittingly asking her aunt, who she thought was a man, to shoot her aunt, her aunt’s fiance, her cousin and the family dog.

According to court documents, Williams had begun interacting with her aunt’s fake Facebook account in May. She immediately provided her phone number and address and allegedly offered to have sex with the fictional man if he paid her cell phone bill.

Then things started getting more violent. Later Williams reportedly said she was angry and wanted to get out of Alabama and asked to be kidnapped, allegedly asking that her aunt be killed if she tried to stop the kidnapping. Then her plans escalated to the point where she’s accused of plotting the murders. Continue